Sam Delisi


Regional Managing Director, CBRE

A 35-year veteran of the real estate industry, Sam Delisi is currently an Executive Managing Director at CBRE.  Based in the firm’s Chicago office, Mr. Delisi oversees the firm’s Premier Properties Program nationally.  Under Mr. Delisi’s leadership the firm won more than 80 major office properties since 2011 throughout the United States.  The US program has become the basis for a global premier approach service delivery.  Additionally, Sam leads the Canadian Asset Services Business, Receivership/Distressed Management component of the firm’s national Restructuring Services group. 

Prior to his role with Strategic Accounts, he directed CBRE’s Asset Services Business on the East Coast where Mr. Delisi was responsible for more than 200 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties and 1,700 employees.  Previously, he was the divisions’ Chicago Market Leader.  Under his lead, the Chicago Market has won 20 TOBY awards from BOMA in 5 years.  Mr. Delisi brings a broad range of real estate expertise to his management role, including his experience as a consultant, tenant representative, leasing agent, and property manager.

In 2003, CBRE merged with Insignia/ESG.  Prior to this merge, Mr. Delisi was the Executive Vice President responsible for all business lines in the Midwest.

Prior to Insignia/ESG, Mr. Delisi spent 13 years with Chicago-based U. S. Equities Realty as Senior Vice President, Director of Urban Leasing.  During this time, he actively represented the real estate needs of both tenants and owners.  Prior to U.S. Equities, Mr. Delisi was Vice President with Strobeck Reiss & Co.

Throughout his career, Mr. Delisi has been involved in successful projects. He led the teams that won the management and leasing of Sears Tower, Renaissance Center in Detroit and management of the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. He has also directed leasing efforts or leased an unprecedented 33 properties in downtown Chicago. Many of these buildings are highly recognizable landmarks including the Santa Fe Building, One Financial Place, 120 South LaSalle Street, the John Hancock building, and 311 South Wacker Drive.